Haifa Rape Crisis Center
The Haifa Rape Crisis Center (HRCC) is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to opposing sexual violence. The HRCC is apolitical and provides services regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Established in 1979, the Haifa Rape Crisis Center is responsible for providing services to a region in northern Israel (from Hadera to the Upper Galilee) that includes over one million people. Our organization's goals are to support survivors of sexual violence and their families, to raise the awareness of sexual violence and its prevention, to train professionals in the subject of sexual violence and survivors’ trauma, and to protect survivors’ rights. The HRCC operates a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline for survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest and sexual harassment. Crisis intervention services are provided by over 70 trained volunteers. We provide survivors with on-going support, face-to-face counseling, and accompaniment to the hospital, police, district attorney and courts, and we facilitate support groups with survivors. The HRCC works to end sexual violence through extensive community outreach and educational programs. In addition, the HRCC is active in training professionals to respond to sexual violence survivors and address sexual assault in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner. The HRCC is involved in the national advocacy efforts and campaigns of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel to influence legislation and advance the cause of eliminating sexual violence.